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Tommy Castro plays the blues by the book, but it's a solid text. On numbers like "Right As Rain" and "I've Got to Change," he applies the rules of Memphis soul: horns, organ, a chorus of background singers, plus his own signature combination of shouted vocals and spare, driving guitar. The rich, saxlike tone of his crashing chords on the title track is a gas, and its solo comes in thoughtful, climbing phrases. That's a technique for building excitement he shares with fellow San Francisco Bay Area bluesman Robert Cray. Castro's just as comfortable with an old-fashioned shuffle like "Kickin' In," where his guitar purrs through a warm-butter solo before a big-chorus finale. Castro's trouble is that he lacks restraint. There's always a big chorus or a powerhouse chord in the mix, and his constant shouting bludgeons the emotional resonance of his lyrics. So a potential heartbreaker like "If I Had a Nickel" becomes merely a brass-knuckled punch to the eardrum. --Ted Drozdowski

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • ASIN: B00000HYWD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jbnadia on March 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The thing that drew me to this CD was the name of the record label...Blind Pig Records. Finding this funny and cute (which isn't the right word but I can't think of a better one right now), I bought Right as Rain. I opened it in the car and inserted it into the CD player.
Tommy sure likes them horns, which is a nice touch to the music. (The backup singers are also very cool.) Castro has a nice voice, it isn't all over the place and out of pitch like some other blues guitar/singers. Another thing I like about this album is the straight beats. This guy sure isn't afraid to wail on a straight blues beat, and they make you tap your foot, there's no stopping it.
Of course, the real talent on this record is Castro's guitar playing. He reminds me of SRV in more ways then one, but nonetheless he still has a great style of playing.
This CD is well derserving of my rare 5 star rating. Well done, Tommy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Schreiber on August 6, 1999
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Wow! Only recently was I turned on to Tommy Castro, and my life is better for it! Grittier and more soulful than Cray, but very rocking, Tommy has perfected the Memphis blues sound. Great vocals, plenty of horns and a dash of Sam and Dave. If you're unsure of the blues, this CD is extremely accessible, yet represents the finest of the genre. I may never take this disc out of my car!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2000
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I came across this CD by chance. Wow, what a find! This guy has a GREAT blues/roadhouse rock voice. Nice guitar work, too. I'm a big Delbert McClinton fan and this CD has a similar but more bluesy sound. Their voices are remarkedly alike. So much so that when they sing together on "Don't Turn Your Heater Down" I have a hard time keeping them straight. Best song is "Just a Man". "Kickin' In" is excellent, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Flower on March 14, 1999
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Tommy Castro's best work to date. You can't go wrong with Delbert McKlinton and Dr.John as your parners in crime.Keith Crossman shows some killer chops on saxaphone, and Tommy C peals the paint with some stellar guitar licks. If you like rockin' blues hot and loud, this is the CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "sfjim" on January 3, 2000
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Hey all, don't listen to that first *one star* case of mistaken identity. Tommy Castro is the REAL DEAL, one of the hottest performers anywhere in today's BluesWorld. Sure, he may not be the songwriter of your dreams, he might not be the guitar slinger that keeps young boys awake at night... but he is the total package that hooks you solid, sinks his passionate blues blend hook smack dab into your soul while makin' your body wiggle and toes a-tappin' all night long. See him live and you'll know what us TCer's already know - he's one of the funkiest, tightest and hip blues/soul/funksters around. That's it, buy everything he has out (they're all great) and hit the highway with the volume control maxed out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kowalski on May 21, 2001
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I recently purchased this CD and let me tell you one thing, Tommy Castro is one great guitar player. Lucky in Love is bound to have you going 80 in a matter of no time. This is one of my first true blues CD's that I have ever owned. Tommy Castro gives all his energy into this CD. He also has one hell of a voice, and when the sax gets played with it, you can feel the soul and power that he has. Every song on here, is worth giving a listen to. I'll tell you one thing, this is definitely worth your money!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
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Tommy Castro and his band, demonstrates what it is all about to being top rated musicians once again with Right as Rain, They work together to bring us classic soul and blues with masterful musicianship. Tommy Castro's guitar playing just gets better and better and his James Brown type vocals add to the enjoyment of listening to his latest CD. Mr. Castro is now the new Chairman of the Board, whether he likes it or not. M. Manley (Syracuse, N.Y.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2002
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Damn this album is good! Definately worth of 5 stars. More given today's music scene. This album and Tommy Castro as an artist give me new hope that music, rock in perticular, is not dead, but a healthy breathing animal. 'Right As Rain' has got to be one of the best blues or blues/rock albums I've heard since Indigenous, Mark Selby or B.B. King. I found him right away on the internet and ran right out to buy the album. Can't wait to get ahold of his other stuff.
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